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.s. diplomatic posts are undersiege right now after the killing of the united states ambassador in libya. so how dangerous is it now for americans abroad? also, as the u.s. moves to hunt down the killers, libyan authorities make at least one arrest. but was it a mob attack or something much more ominous? >>> and mitt romney's taking heat even from some republicans for his harsh criticism of president obama's foreign policy. is he ready to dial back or double down again? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> u.s. warships are moving toward libya today as president obama vows that no act of terror will go unpunished. his words. but in the grim aftermath of the u.s. consulate attack in libya which left the u.s. ambassador and three other americans dead, there are still serious questions as to which group was responsible. meantime, violent protests sparked by an anti-islamic film spreading across the muslim world today. in cairo, crowds have again gathered outside the u.s. embassy right now. they've been throwing rocks and fire bombs as police answer with tear gas. in yemen, police o
the mourners as the bodies of the u.s. ambassador and others killed in libya return to the united states. and mitt romney ramps up his criticism of the president again as the latest polls show him falling behind in several crucial states. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> but we begin with these live pictures. look at this. this is tahrir square in cairo. these are live pictures coming in not far from the united states embassy. once again, the protests escalating even as we speak. earlier in the day it had been relatively -- keyword, relatively, quiet. now seems to be escalating for some reason. our own ben wedeman is on the ground for us. we're going to be going to him shortly. at the same time as these scenes are unfolding, there also have been frightening scenes of violence and hatred directed at the united states and others around the region. it's spreading. and u.s. officials are very worried. sources tell me they're especially concerned about today's penetration of the united states embassy in tunisia and the reports that the american school was actually burned.
of pressure when it comes to this. not only from the united states, but also from its own people. now, whether these people that are detained are really involved in the attack or have links to this extremist group is something that we'll have to see and see what kind of reaction we see from the extremists too. >> do we have any idea if they're related or affirmative actionated with al qaeda? there's a lot of talk about that yesterday, the possibility that that was the organization. >> not much has been revealed by the government by this group, but what we do know, suzanne, is this is not an isolated incident. over the past few months we have seen an uptick in similar attacks targeting western interests. the u.s. consulate itself was targeted in an attack back in june when a bomb detonated outside the embassy. those attacks taken place in benghazi was targeted by a extremist group, it was called the brigades. this is a true al qaeda group. we also do know that there are groups with links direct links to al qaeda that operate in the eastern part of the country. >> what is the security situation
and conciliatory as far as the united states goes. in arabic, a much harsher tone and in some respects, not all together condemning the current protests outside the u.s. embassy here. >> we'll continue the conversation. we'll come back to you. if you need for any security reason to step inside away -- you are outside right now, we will certainly understand that. fran, we've identified or know the identity of the fourth victim, tyrone woods, a former navy s.e.a.l. i know you don't know him personally, we've all spent time in hotspots overseas. we know men like him that play critical roles in these dangerous countries without any recognition. >> that's right, anderson. when you look at glen dougherty and tyrone woods, function they perform really allows the united states to be in dangerous places where we need to be in order to protect long term the american people and american interests. our diplomats wouldn't be in those parts of the world without woods and dougherty. woods' sister made a statement, and said she regards hill as an american hero. i think if more people understood the mission and
secure embassies that the united states has. it looks like they are very close to that front gate situation. the yemeni forces control the street, the outside perimeter of the embassy. there are checkpoints and anyone on that street who tries to approach the embassy is stopped well before they get there. this is a place that has seen many protests, has seen attacks, seen attempted attacks. one of the most secure. but let's be very cautious here. we have seen the unrest at u.s. installations over the last few days. reports are the yemeni forces are trying to control the situation. we will have to keep monitoring this in the coming hours. >> barbara, we are hearing about shots fired. is that some inside the embassy out or from outside the embassy in? >> well, the reports that i-witnesses are giving indicate that yemeni forces have been firing into the air at this point, trying to disperse the crowd. perhaps i think trying to move them away from the gate of the embassy, trying to move them back. there are a variety of security forces that are at the embassy as i say. it is on that st
between the united states and israel. >> reporter: the white house would not say if the two leaders talked about the so-called red line, which of course is a key issue. and no specifics on how they will stop iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. but they did agree to "continue their regular consultations on this issue." wolf. >> dan lothian reporting from the white house. thank you. mitt romney also spoke by phone today with the prime minister. the call came while romney was at the philadelphia airport after making several campaign stops in pennsylvania. that's a state most political experts don't think he'll win. but as cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta's reporting, romney seems to have some other ideas. jim's joining us right now. what's he saying? what's going on in pennsylvania, jim? >> reporter: wolf, you're right. mitt romney did predict he's going to win the state of pennsylvania come november. but even though his campaign has mainly been a focus on fixing the nation's economy, mitt romney in recent days has been stepping up his attacks on the president on the issue
the end of it, and they were just wrapping up. but as usual, they blame the united states, israel, and the west in general, and the main protest was, again, as you said, the recent claim that was made that it appeared to be anti anti-islamic. and they issued statements in support of their federal students in egypt and libya. >> all right, shirzad live on the ground in tehran where the protests seem to be over. there were other protests around the region overnight, much larger protests in the capital of sanaa. mohammed jamjoom joins us on the phone right now. he is in beirut, but he has been watching the developments in yemen very closely. what is going on right there, as far as you can tell? >> reporter: well, john, eyewitnesss on the ground there in sanaa tell us that most of the crowd has dispersed. it was initially between 2,000 to 3,000 angry demonstrators, angry over this film that had emerged through the u.s. embassy in sanaa earlier today, but now it's only in the dozens. what we were told by eyewitnesss witnessing all of this is that this was an angry crowd and that at lea
the bear hug that literally lifted the president of the united states off the ground. i'll talk to the man who did it. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with important news just in to "the situation room." our brand-new poll shows president obama receiving a significant bounce from the democratic national convention. he now leads mitt romney 52% to 46%. that's among likely voters nationwide. all this according to our brand-new cnn orc poll. let's get to our chief national correspondent, john king, over at the magic wall. >> a six-point national lead. the president benefited most from his convention. let's look deeper at the other numbers. let's look here -- here's one of the big reasons why. this is among men. the republicans almost always have a big advantage among men. the president, this is a tie essentially. the president with a one-point lead among men. but look at the difference. going into the democratic convention, it was governor romney who had a big lead a 12-point lead among men. that's one of the reasons the president comes out of his convention in
in egypt? >> reporter: well, the united states and egypt are trying right now to feel each other out. it's kind of like an awkward first date, because before the revolution, the muslim brotherhood was an adversary of sort of the united states, and there was a lot of mistrust there. so, right now they're trying to build a relationship, trying to come together, but the military, the egyptian and the american military do have close ties, and this is one of the military officials in the united states said. >> ian lee, thank you. >>> now to libya, where authorities have announced four arrests -- >> and we continue to do so today. we look forward to continuing our bilateral defense relationship. as you know, the secretary recently visited egypt, had very productive discussions there with president morsi and others, and our relationship with egypt, we believe, is on the right track when it comes to our military ties. >> why not call them an ally? >> i don't think that we really need to get into semantics. i think i've said what i have said. >> reporter: diplomatic tensions may exist, but the mi
. they are the goat's horn, the ak .47. they go to the united states, pick up the weapons to bring them to mexico. in four years, 70% of weapons found in crime scenes originated from sales in the united states. >> we were going to talk about fast and furious with the new report coming out, but this is interesting time. >> it's been a bad deal for the u.s. justice department. earlier this summer, eric holder, attorney general found in contempt, congress saying he's with holding documents from this investigation. we are going to expect more high drama. we are waiting to see what the latest findings are. >> we'll be watching it. thank you. >> thank you. >>> the fight to legalize marijuana receives a surprising supporter, sort of. we'll explain. >>> despite a weak jobs reports, u.s. stocks ended slightly higher. mortgage rates are down from last week. take a look here. ya know, your rates and fees aren't exactly competitive. who do you think i am, quicken loans? [ spokesman ] when you refinance your mortgage with quicken loans, you'll find that our rates and fees are extremely competitive. because th
to me like the death penalty is still in play with the new jury. the supreme court of the united states has ruled that you can -- even though the death penalty gets set aside on retrial, you can reimpose the death penalty. not a violation of the double jeopardy clause. >> thank you. >> so that's what the law is in this area, but we have to see the court's decision. >> thank you, paul. i appreciate you doing that so last minute. we're flat out of time. show is over. thank you to you and newsroom international starts now with suzanne malveaux. >> okay. >>> welcome to "newsroom international." i'm suzanne malrow. we're teaing you around the world in 60 minutes. the grabbed the world's attention if he u.n. general assembly. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu standing with a simple drawing of a bomb by his side, a pen in his hand showing world leaders literally where red line should be drawn on iran. today netanyahu will have the attention of both presidential candidates. president obama will be making a phone call to the israeli leader today. so is the man who wants to take his job,
, perhaps even the first latino president of the united states. he knows full well why he was picked to give this speech. in his words he said, i'm young, and i'm hispanic. >> hey, everybody. i'm julian castro. >> reporter: first thing you need to know, it's pronounced julian castro. the j is silent. not julian. but even if you get the spanish wrong, don't worry. san antonio's mayor has never mastered spanish either. >> i understand it better than i speak it. i grew up in my household with my mother and grandmother mostly speaking english. i understand it, but speaking it back is always the challenge. >> reporter: julian castro's grandmother immigrated from mexico and worked in the chicano movement in san antonio. from the humble beginnings, julian and his twin brother went on to stanford university and harvard law school. now he is a rising star in the democratic party, tapped to give the keynote speech at the democratic convention, the same speech an unknown barack obama gave at the convention in 2004. >> you get talked about as someone who could be the first hispanic governor of texas. so
forces by the date certain that the united states is going to depart. if you stop the recruitment and revet all of the troops you would extend the amount of time before the united states reaches the level where it should say to the military that it's time for us to depart. but the united states says we're going to leave at this date. so the concern would be are you now going to try to accelerate the recruitment and training. the vetting process itself works well it just hasn't been enforce ed. >> do you think that perhaps there is a possibility that the u.s. will pull out earlier? >> no, i don't think so. not at all. i think what's important is the united states and nato have demonstrated a partnership with the afghans that is really unprecedented and unmatched. the united states is going to lean into the wind. they're not going to back off because we have got this trouble spot. they are instituting the rules and regulations they have in place. they are being more aggressive about those and they are also instituting a couple of extra steps in that there might be what is known as t
want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> didn't take president obama long to get back on the campaign trail. hours after leaving the fired up convention crowd in charlotte, he began a campaign swing in new hampshire. but president obama's bringing some extra baggage with him, gloomy new job numbers that show the labor market slowing down sharply. the economy adding just 96,000 jobs in august. down from a revised 41,000 in july. the unemployment rate did drop from 8.3% to 8.1%, but that's because hundreds of thousands of americans stopped looking for work. here's cnn's white house correspondent dan lothian. >> reporter: wolf, joined by the first lady and the bidens, president obama tried to build a momentum from the democratic national convention. at his first stop here in portsmouth, the president made his pitch to the middle class. but also confronted the reality of a still struggling economy. even before he began drawing a contrast between his policies and the ideas of his republican opponents, preside
the next president of the united states. >> usa, usa, usa, usa! >> you know, it's moving to be in this blaplace and to see the aircraft and to know the men and women that have helped defend liberty for america time and time again. it's moving to see the flags out there and the flags you've been waving inside this room. as a boy, i was in the fourth grade. somehow in my mind, i remember being there in the fourth grade in front of the blackboard, we had an american flag pinned above the blackboard and every day we stood, lined up in front of that blackboard and we recited the pledge of allegiance. do you remember it? i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic for this which it stands one nation, under god, indivisiblindivisibl liberty and justice for all. when i make a promise, i intend to keep a promise and i've done that throughout my life. when i made that promise time and time again in my pledge of allegiance to the flag, i wrer th remember flag to this day. for me placing our heart over the heard reminds of the blood shed by ou
. when you see these numbers, you'll say there has to be a way. in 2011, the united states took in about $1.1 trillion in income taxes. individual. but look at the bottom number below it. i mean, this makes my jaws drop. total tax break, credits, exclusions, your mortgage interest duction, state and local taxes. more money than we took in. okay, whatever you think about specific deduction, this screen is everything you need to know about how our tax system is really broken. so ending the state and local deduction alone would be $862.2 billion. the mortgage interest deduction, $214.6 billion. now, those are exactly the deductions mitt romney said he'd cut at a close doored fund-raiser in april. a reporter at the event wrote quote mitt romney said i'm probably going to eliminate for high income people, the second home mortgage deduction, romney said, adding he would also eliminate for state and property taxes. he made it clear it's for higher income people he wants to get rid of some of these deductions and mitt romney's defenders -- they can make the math work, so can that they? one is do
europe the president of the united states, you've been there for four years, they can't get through one sentence without mentioning george w. bush, that's not what president obama got elected to do. most people are disenfranchised. they look at the hope, the change, the bringing the kcounty together. we're not the red states, the blue states, we're the united states. where did that go? all of that has gone out the door. >> it went out the door with some republicans in congress. >> no, but that's not the way that it operated and i think the country recognizes it's off track. i think they do want to turn around. that's the whole premise of the romney/ryan presidency, the candidacy. and that's where i think mitt romney will be the next president of the united states. we do need a turnaround, somebody who knows about jobs and the economy, somebody who knows about business. that's why mitt romney will be the next president. >> the democrats are happy to have this comparison between do you want to go back to the clinton years or the bush years? what do republicans point to? what decade of gov
, the president of the united states is making this address thursday night we feel very confident that the stadium will be full. and so it's really more about the weather than it is about whether you're going to fill a stadium or not. he is the president, making one of the most important speeches given where we are right now at this time. no doubt that the stadium will be full. certainly you don't want people rained on. >> can i ask about the enthusiasm number. you're my numbers guy. so you're prepared for the whole morning. i'll throw it your way. >> what does that really mean? if you look at the enthusiasm numbers the number foreenthusiasm for mitt romney i think is 51% when they asked republicans and when i do anecdotal questioning, everybody seems to be like -- on this election overall. is it a measure of incumbent that people are less enthusiastic or overall? >> i think it's right that it is a measure of overall. this is not a history-making election in the way that 2008 was a history-making election. you knew that there was going to be a new guy regardless. there was not an incumbent who had
in the path of isaac. >>> controversial arizona sheriff joe arpaio is off the hook. the united states attorneys office said it will not file any charges against arpaio or his staff. they were accused of using county issued credit cards and funds. arpaio said he's happy with the decision. a second police officer is put on leave after a disturbing incident in st. paul, minnesota, tachl a look. you see one of the officers kicking a suspect in the chest while he was on the ground. an investigation is under way. police are asking the public not to rush to judgment. the suspect was allegedly threatening a woman in the neighborhood. >>> to politics now and the democrats are on deck. their national convention starts tuesday, just five days after the republicans wrapped up theirs. cnn political editor paul steinhauser is in charlotte, north carolina this morning, site of the democratic national convention. paul, good morning to you. so lay out some of the highlights for us, if you will. >> good morning, randi. democrats are going to say the theme of their convention is americans coming togethe
china, brazil, india, and russia along with the united states share power. remember that the world before colonialism was like that. a world in which you had a number of big empires, the chinese, the indians, you had the empires of the americas. you had -- so a western civilization was one among many. it's an odd swoiituation that a single country, america, dominates the world so much. we have an outside standard of living, an enormous military presence around the world. so i think obama thinks that's globally unjust. he'd like to knock america off its pedestal so we're no longer number one. but we are just one nation among many sharing powers with other big countries. >> that was director of the controversial documentary "2016: obama's america." you can see the rest of the interview on our blog at cnn.com. also, many of you weighed in on this on twitter. keep those tweets coming to me, @randikayecnn. thank you for those. >>> a possible big problem for pro football players as replacement refs take the field for the regular season kickoff. we'll look at the controversy and more. ♪
you can raise a family on, good jobs right here in the united states of america. >> the problem with saying that these are good jobs is the facts just don't seem to support it. some of the jobs are temporary paid for by the stimulus or perhaps census work, that sort of thing, so they didn't really last. and some jobs weren't worth the jobs we lost. we lost middle and upper income jobs and we've gained more lower income jobs. while the numbers may be technically correct in some of these claims, when you look at all the details, there's an awful lot more that needs to be seen. this is tom foreman, charlotte. >>> prime time continues at 7:00 with wolf blitzer and anderson cooper. >>> embarrassed and concerned? that's what the commander of the navy s.e.a.l.s wrote to troops after release of the book "no easy day." the book wrote by former navy s.e.a.l. has classic information about the osama bin laden raid and s.e.a.l. training. the book is already a hit, outselling "50 shades of grey." the part of the controversy is the s.e.a.l. is even writing about his work. they're normally very
of the valley. but at the same time, where other countries in the world are still going down, united states is climbing. frankly we have climbed faster if we'd been able to implement the full set of policies this president had wanted to and not been blocked by that congress with 12% approval that you were talking about a little earlier. >> the problem with this though is that as people go to the polls in 57 days they have to make a choice as to which president is going to do more for the economy. and if president barack obama is re-elected, and you still have the intransigence in washington that we have seen for the last 3 1/2 years, nothing more is going to get done. so doesn't that auger for mitt romney being elected? because he'll have a friendlier congress? >> hardly. president obama wants to take us in the right direction. he wants to stop teachers from being laid off. he wants to take advantage of a moment with 2% interest rates, less than 2% interest rates, with construction unemployment in excess of 15% to fix the nation's schools, to build the nation's infrastructure. he wants to s
. the czech republic has been acting in official capacity for the united states. >> the last time the family members heard from him? >> it has been about three weeks. his mother tweeted earlier today saying this marks the end of the third week since he has been missing. he is unaccounted for. it has been weeks since they have heard from him. he has experience in conflict zones but not as a journalist but more as a u.s. marine. he was based in the horn of africa and jordan. this is one of the first assignments as a conflict correspondent. >> what is the state department prepared to do to help in locating him or finding out what may have happened? >> the state department gave us a statement. the acting spokesman telling jill dougherty we are working through our cheque protecting power in syria to get information on his welfare and whereabouts and we appreciate the efforts of the cheque mission. we have seen news reports that mr. tice is in syrian custody however the syrian government has yet to confirm these reports. the syrian conflict 19 journalists have been killed since november of 2011 th
one best seller in the united states. this is a topic a lot people are very curious about. so what extra pressure does that put on the u.s. government, mark? >> well, tremendous. now, if anyone remembers back to the pentagon papers case 40 years ago and the thought of could the government stop publication of the book? the legal standard is just too high. the fact is is the book's been out. and obviously media has copies of it. so it would be too difficult to put the genie back in the bottle. the publisher has ratcheted this up. not only increased the print run but expedited the publication date from the 11th to the 4th. so practically speaking there's not even any time for the government to do anything. >> some people might say this is disgusting. you come back, all these other guys are on your team and they don't do this and you want to get rich and you go and put a pseudonym and write the book. other people say no, what's wrong with what he did, after all, the president gave details of what happened in the raid. it's his version where they said bin laden was reaching for a gun an
will go to the united states government. look, these guys are heroes but for some reason they feel that they want to get out there and tell their story. it does violate the agreement. the test is classified information. that's where this case is going. >> so richard, now what about the publisher? in what way would it be considered complicit, you know, if it turns out that there are bits of information that the u.s. government wouldn't want to be made public? >> i don't know that there's a cause of action against the publisher, fred. like you said, the obligation is between the navy seal and the government. and whether or not there's a violation of the espionage act. that's what they're looking for. but in hearing little bits and pieces about this book, what it does is it tends to minimize the role the obama administration played in all this and there are certain allegation that's perhaps there was already a bullet in bin laden's head before they got to him. so i don't know if this is politically motivated. i don't know what's going on. these are questions that need to be asked at t
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